We Do and We Did!
Greetings loved ones! Life never seems to slow down, but we are now about T-minus 3 weeks until our departure. Things are starting to piece together, and it is maybe a tiny bit sinking in that we are about to leave on this crazy adventure...
The biggest recent accomplishment was our FREAKING WEDDING. What a huge undertaking, and the whole thing was a fabulous reward for all our hard work! Those of you who attended or sent your love and support from far away will be hearing from us directly, but we still can't thank you all enough! So here is another thank you. It was an awesome party, we could not have hoped for a better time.
LOOK AT THIS DESSERT. Photo cred @rfmcgaff (Though you stuck us with way too many leftover chocolate frogs...)
For readers who weren't present, a sum up of the wedding looks like perfect weather for a short-and-sweet ceremony under a gorgeous willow tree overlooking Commencement Bay, followed by a dancing-heavy Harry Potter themed cocktail party. Andrew and I shut down the dance floor (as any good newlywed couple does). A few highlights we're most proud of: the wedding bands Andrew made himself, that we exchanged in front of a curly willow arbor we built together; the song/dance choices for our "special dances" that were meaningful and hilarious; the amazing dessert table that looked professionally done, but was truly a collaboration between our families and my very talented neighbor; the flowers done by my great aunt and Andrew's mom, and the killer speeches by our Best Man, Maid of Honor, and both fathers. (My grandfather's "few words" after the anniversary dance was a punch in the feels, too.) So many tears, and so much laughter throughout the whole day.
Let's throw in a plug for our friend and photographer, Riley McGaff, who has done a fantastic job! We've only received our preview images, but they are everything we hoped for. Our people are amazing, guys.
And the Wander Blobs are now legally a unit!
Now that wedding planning is over, we can focus wholeheartedly on getting ready for the trip. We are shopping for a travel-friendly laptop option, traveler's insurance, and pretty soon we'll hop onto the Google Fi phone service plan. Andrew was able to find the jacket he once loved (but has been discontinued) on REI's used gear site, and we were gifted some sweet Osprey day packs for our wedding! Taking care of health-related appointments to make sure we're in the best shape to be away is a high priority, and finishing the platform in the back of the Element for our bed.
The route and itinerary are slowly being more fleshed out as well. There's lots of wiggle room for improvising, as is necessary when relying so heavily on other people (read: family, friends, Workaway hosts...) but we've got some concrete bookings and points to make it to.
We leave in our car camper from the Seattle region the first week of October. We're hopping over the mountains to Spokane first to visit one of Andrew's good friends (a groomsman) and his partner, and then we head south along 101 to enjoy the coastal route to San Francisco. SF is home to many of our favorite people! Once we've overstayed our welcome in the city, we'll head to LA (Wizarding World of Harry Potter, anyone?), Las Vegas, and San Diego. If my name change on my passport has been all sorted out by then, we'll actually stay in Tijuana while we explore San Diego. The Grand Canyon is on our list of must-see spots, and then we've got a good chunk of the country to cross to get to Martin, Tennessee in time for Thanksgiving with Andrew's grandmother. My North Carolina family has agreed to help us sell our Element before we take a train up to New York City, which is our final U.S. destination, and where our flight to Paris leaves from on December 3rd. Whew!
Much of our Europe adventure is yet to be finalized, but we've got our flat in Paris, and last night we helped my parents select Airbnbs in Amsterdam in June, 2019! We'll get to enjoy a little family reunion at that time.
Keep following our Instagram or Facebook accounts for more frequent updates, otherwise we'll see ya for the next bit of news right here! In the meantime, enjoy some images from the #wanderblobswedding:
One of my favorites! Photo by Amy Parker
Our Best Man and Maid of Honor, skipping through the recessional. Photo by Amy Parker
Some wizarding touches to the reception... Photos by Riley McGaff
Much love to you all! Photo by Riley McGaff